Kelsie Rudolph received her MFA from Montana State University in 2018 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Tainan National University of the arts, Red Lodge Caly Center, and at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. 


"Kelsie Rudolph searches for commonalities across cultural and social systems exemplified by the way that people relate to objects in various architectural spaces. Postulating that people's responses are based on experiential associations led her to explore a type of abstraction that relates feelings to visual elements of color, material, and form. 

Colors are often associated with various emotions in many cultures. Rudolph plays with these perceptions, creating surfaces with tints and tones in a color family as well as swatch-like samples of a singular color.

Rudolph's Sculptures correlate characteristics of actual re-created materials and forms with our reading of a space - like the solidity of ceramics or concrete conveying dependability, or the softness of crocheted rugs and faux fur conveying comfort. The forms reference walls, sinks, staircases, corrugated metal and vinyl siding, and some have cinder blocks and woven rugs as supports. Though suggesting regularity and uniformity, the hand building techniques, scale shifts, altered positioning, and skewed perspective mark the sculptures as simultaneously familiar and mysterious."

- Ceramics Monthly / Emerging Artist May 2019 Issue



Master of Fine Art 

Montana State University-Bozeman

Graduation: May 2018


Bachelor of Fine Art

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Graduation: May 2013

Emphasis in 3D (ceramics)

Professional Experience


Clay Joinery Workshop Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA (December 15)

Summer Artist in Residence Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT (May - October)

Artist in Residence Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO (February –April)


Studio Assistant Hun Chung Lee, Seoul, South Korea (October-November)

Hand-Building Workshop Lead a three-week hand-building workshop at Hermannsburg Pottery, Hermannsburg, Australia 

Instructor of Record Foundations Art – Ideation and Creativity, Spring ’18, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Teaching undergraduate student’s practical skills in ideation as well as how to employ semiotics in a visual manner.


Instructor of Record Foundations Art - 2D/3D Design, Fall ’17, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Teaching undergraduate students the foundational art process of line, color, material and form.

Instructor of Record Foundations Art – Ideation and Creativity, Spring ’17, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Teaching undergraduate student’s practical skills in ideation as well as how to employ semiotics in a visual manner.

Kiln Building In conjunction with the 2017 Biennale – Curitiba, Brazil – Invited participant to build the new cross-draft wood fired kiln for the artists at Sao Lourenco Parque.


Artist in Residence Tainan National University of the Arts, September 2016 – January 2017, Guantian District, Tainan, Taiwan

Artist in Residence (Artist-Invite-Artist)June 2-16, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT


Studio Assistant To Jeremy Hatch. Assist with studio work - glaze/clay mixing, slip casting, mold making, etc. – 2015 – current, Bozeman, MT.

Studio Assistant To Giselle Hicks. Assist with studio work – glaze/clay mixing, slip casting, sanding, etc. Bozeman, MT

Studio Tech Ceramics Department Montana State University, Bozeman, MT


Wood Fire Artist in Residence September 28 – October 28, China Academy of the Art, Hangzhou, China. Provided with studio space and materials in exchange for assisting Graduate and Undergraduate students in the loading and firing of each of their new kilns.

International Lecture China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. Gave a lecture to the students about my transition from undergraduate education to working as an assistant to Simon Levin.

Kiln Building Assistant to Simon Levin, August 24 – September 24. Assist in the construction of two wood fire kilns at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China.


Apprentice at Mill Creek Pottery Apprentice to Simon Levin, June 2013 to July 2014.

Clay Camp Teacher Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN.



Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist Ceramics Monthly, May 2019 issue, page 42


Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award throughNorthern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN to continue research in Yangpyeong, South Korea as an assistant to Hun Chung Lee.

ArtAxis Member, online database of ceramic artists,


upstream Received $1500 grant to collaborate with a water scientist on a visual project installed in downtown Bozeman. Mountain Time Arts.

Anderson Ranch Scholarship Received $1500 scholarship to attend a two week course at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO


MSU Ceramics Guild Scholarship $500 towards travel to Taiwan, matched by the Art Department at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT



Ceramics Monthly Originally published in May 2019 issue, p. 42, . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. 

The Form Will Find It's Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction  2019 NCECA Annual, p. 78-79 

Selected Exhibitions


Clayfest Northwest Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Resident Exhibition Warehouse Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

The Form Will Find Its Way: Contemporary Ceramic Sculptural Abstraction NCECA 53rdAnnual Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Shapes of Influence Invited Artist. The Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

Right Here / Over There Solo Thesis Exhibition. Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Parte de Ti Invited Artist. International School of Arts Festival in Havana, Cuba

UPSTREAM Downtown Bozeman, MT

Our Royal Filth Solo Exhibition. The Exit Gallery, Student Union Building, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT


Kindred Solo Exhibition. Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

Holiday Special Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA

Small Fan Gallery Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

CLAYFEST Invited Artist. Pottery Northwest 50thAnniversary, Seattle, WA

Juried Ceramics Exhibition Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS


Off Campus Center for Art and Culture, Livingston, MT


Cup the Intimate Object X Charlie cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Glazed by Fire: Atmospheric Invitational Taos Clay, El Prado, NM

5th Contemporary Clay Biennial 2014 Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO

UNF National Juried Ceramics Exhibition University of Northern Florida, FL

2013    It’s Only Clay 2013 National Juried Exhibition, Bemidji Community Arts Center, Bemidji, MN